Picture-based instruction labels and dosing tools that closely match the amount of drugs needed may prevent medication errors in the home, according to researchers reporting in the journal Pediatrics. "To help make sure they give the right dose, parents should ask their doctor or pharmacists which dosing tool is best to use," stated Dr. Shonna Yin, a pediatrician at NYU Langone Medical Center. "The study makes it clear that it's easy to make mistakes with liquid medicine and that using the right syringe can help and that instructions with pictures help as well," said Dr.
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July 5, 2017
July 1, 2017
NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate medicine use.
June 30, 2017
The Not Prescribed Lesson provides teens in middle and high schools with the science and the stories to understand the risks of misusing prescription drugs and tools and resources to manage their own health as well as advocate for their peers' health. This standards-based lesson leverages personal testimony from teens and their families through a compelling video and provides educators with a science-based interactive presentation to facilitate conversation and learning. After facilitating the Not Prescribed Lesson, students will know and understand:
- What prescription drugs are
- Appropriate use of prescription drugs
- Effects of prescription drug abuse
- The developing brain
- How positive and negative decisions affect the brain
- Addiction and overdose risk factors
- Healthy decision-making.
The Not Prescribed Lesson is a program of the Colorado Meth Project.
June 29, 2017
The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition reminds health care providers and consumers of potential dosing mistakes that can occur with the use of over-the-counter medicines. The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition wants to ensure that patients know that FDA recommends taking no more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period, as taking more than directed can lead to liver damage. The Know Your Dose campaign educates consumers about safe acetaminophen use.
June 28, 2017
The FDA is taking steps to boost the number of generic prescription drugs in an effort to make medicines more affordable. The agency published a list of off-patent, off-exclusivity branded drugs without approved generics and implemented, for the first time, a new policy to expedite the review of generic drug applications where competition is limited.
June 23, 2017
The FDA has implemented its Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule to improve labeling on prescription drugs for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The agency determined that the pregnancy letter category system was too simplistic and did not capture the complexities of available risk information and risk-benefit considerations in relation to prescription drug labeling. The Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to detail the risks and benefits of prescription drugs or biological products for the mother, fetus, infant, and people planning to conceive.
June 21, 2017
The FDA requested that Endo Pharmaceuticals remove its opioid pain medication, reformulated Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride), from the market. After careful consideration, the agency is seeking removal based on its concern that the benefits of the drug may no longer outweigh its risks. This is the first time the agency has taken steps to remove a currently marketed opioid pain medication from sale due to the public health consequences of abuse.
June 13, 2017
Most Americans don’t think twice about taking over-the-counter medication to treat a variety of ailments.
June 7, 2017
The SimplySync website promotes medication synchronization services, commonly known as Med Sync, now being provided by thousands of pharmacies across the country. Medication synchronization programs provide a platform for decreasing trips to the pharmacy, managing refills, and improving medication adherence. Visit the SimplySync web site to find a pharmacy near you that offers this service.
June 6, 2017
The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. It is designed as a guide to help determine whether patients will be able to understand and act on information. Separate tools are available for use with print and audiovisual materials. PEMAT was . created by a research team at AHRQ working with a panel of experts in health literacy, content creation, patient education, and communication.